julia child, mastering the art of french cooking, julie powell, french cuisine

Happy Birthday, Julia!

I know…you can’t believe it. I’m actually posting a current article to this blog. It’s true, I’ve been remiss in keeping up with my adventures a la Julia Child, but I couldn’t let this monumental day get past us without so much as a slight nod in this general direction. Just think, 100 years ago today, Julia Child was born, and the world of cooking would never be the same. To celebrate, I’m pulling out all the stops and inviting you to a cyberparty here on A Year With Julia! At this party, YOU get the gifts…pretty sweet, eh? Let’s begin with your first present…here ya go! Tear through that giftwrap and let’s see what’s inside!

Gift #1: Let’s start this shindig with some Julia Child Trivia brought to us by PBS. (*Dear Julia, please excuse the rather unflattering graphic representation of you. No offense to the PBS illustration team, but … really? Yikes. Give the woman a break. It IS her 100th birthday, after all.*)

Didja learn something new about our fun-loving chef? She sure racked up some pretty amazing accomplishments in her day! Okay, let’s keep the party going and move on to your next present…


Gift #2: Check out today’s Google doodle! (*Now THIS representation is much more like it!*) I wonder what she would think if she saw her likeness in the coveted doodle spot. (See the doodle live here.)

While these online discoveries are nice and a fine way to honor our friend, let’s check out your next package…the one over there, with the big blue bow. Yeah, that’s the one! Open it up and see what it is!


Gift #3: Ooh, it’s a fun video compilation of some of our favorite Julia Child moments. (Check out her still image at 1:18…Juju was a babe!)

I hope you’ve enjoyed your loot so far, but now the excitement really builds because I’ve been saving the best for last. I mean, this is the present to beat all presents! Consider this your final warning: prepare to have your mind totally. blown. Are you sitting down?


Gift #4: Brace yourself for the awesomeness that IS Julia Child in the 21st century. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Julia Child: Remixed.

While I’m happy to tip the proverbial birthday hat to the true master of French cooking with this blog post, my husband has pointed out the obvious…this small blip on the cyber radar isn’t enough. With a freezer full of miscellaneous cow parts that only a cookbook from the 1960’s would require, and a can of sardines in the pantry that’s about to expire, it’s only fair that we prepare a special meal for our favorite culinary queen. Stay tuned for more tales from the kitchen as I dust off the ol’ cookbook, shake out my wrinkled apron and get cooking.

Happy birthday, Julia! Your recipes don’t look a day over 40.

– Jessica


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3 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Julia!”

  1. Amanda says:

    This reminds me of when we celebrated Mom’s 100th birthday – what fun!! Thanks so much for all the Julia gifties, especially the “remixed” video!

  2. Jessica Glunt says:

    Yay! More blogging and cooking, please! :)

  3. Donna says:

    I am curious if anyone knows where I can find that beautiful blue casserole dish in the Julie/Julia movie that is in the scene when Julia is cooking in her tiny french kitchen and shoves that dish into her little oven. A friend of mine is the closest thing to Julia reincarnated I’ve ever seen, and I would love to acquire this dish for her. Any sightings? Any suggestions? All would be appreciated…just leave a comment here and I’ll be checking.

    Bon Appetit!

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